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years off from writing a budget which of course is their lawful duty. i think there is not enough print sometimes dedicated to imnovemberable democrats when they're, when they happen to be doing nothing. maybe this will help that. bill: let me put a fine point what he said. jerry, you need to understand, referring to senator moran, we're not going to do anything until after the election. bob, why would that be? >> for a couple reasons. first of all, this was during the time of the budget control act where they set up the super-committee from which all things were going to spring. you couldn't move anything having to do with finances until that committee made a decision or didn't make a decision as it turns out. that's one. and two, in when you move up to election year, presidential election year particularly, nobody does anything that will upset the applecart. bill: but mary katherine's point is you have your priorities. if you want to pursue something like confirmation of jack lew you can get that done in one afternoon. >> that's right. bill: the other big stuff when you have to show y
we go now. a busy friday morning and a fox news alert this morning. usama bin laden's son-in-law will appear in a new york city courtroom. reports that he arrived here more than a week ago. it did not go public until now. how would the administration handle his case? a lot lot of questions out there as we start here. i'm bill hemmer. welcome to a friday edition of "america's newsroom". martha: quite a story to wake up to this friday morning in new york city. good morning, bill. i'm martha maccallum. the justice department says sulaiman abu ghaith was a close associate of usama bin laden. advocate of the 9/11 attacks and a prominent al qaeda spokesman especially in the days that followed. he is son-in-law of usama bin laden. bill: david lee miller outside the courthouse in lower manhattan. how did he end up here in new york? >> reporter: well, it is an interesting route that he took. for him it was an unexpected one. we should point out, bill, he will not just be in a new york city courtroom in about one hour's time, it is a courtroom about, less than one mile from the site of the
of the law in three ways. enforcement of the law at the border, enforcement of the law at the workplace to insure only people entitled to get a job are in fact hired and to insure people don't overstay their visas. if the administration is signaling it has no real commitment to enforcing the law, which this administration seems to be doing, then it will be very, very difficult for those people who are wary of the administration to make the other part of the bargain, namely to grant the citizenship for illegal status. that is why i think it is very problematic with respect to getting comprehensive immigration reform. maybe, i'm not going to say the white house doesn't want it because they appear to want it but if they really want it think need to be bending over backward to demonstrate to members of congress we will do everything they can to enforce the law. martha: what about the jeb bush issue, any thoughts on that he have about i let you go? >> just briefly. it seems to me was not saying a contradiction this what i'm saying before and what i'm saying now. it is all part of the grand b
's home state of illinois. mike tobin is live in chicago. mike, what are they doing with the gun laws where they have had so much gun violence over the past couple years? >> reporter: you know, martha, what they're going after now is mandatory minimum sentencing. what is interesting the focus with this latest push is really on the illegal weapons. with gun violence part of almost every night in chicago, the mayor, police superintendent, district attorney, want to increase the penalty for illegal gun possession to 3 1/2 years. they also are pushing for truth in sentencing, to guaranty that a convict does not do just a fraction of his time. >> when you commit a serious gun offense you should serve the time. the victims deserve it, the public demands it, and the criminal justice system should deliver it. report or the now high-profile community activity father michael flager is in sync with city leaders and he says unabashedly that they are seizing on the emotion of little haditha pendleton the girl killed after performing at at president's inauguration and sandy hook elementary to furth
hazelnut orhone. martha: arkansas now has the most restrictive abortion laws in the united states. state lawmakers voted yesterday to override a veto from democratic governor mike beebe after a first trimester. opponents of the ban plan to challenge it in court. bill: want to get to the controversy over drones now. attorney general eric holder saying he expects the president to clarify the position of the administration when it is appropriate for armed drones to target and kill american citizens, if at all. america's top law enforcer grilled on the hill over this point of contention right here. >> does the constitution allow a u.s. citizen on u.s. soil who doesn't pose an imminent threat to be killed by the u.s. government? >> i do not believe that, again, you have, you have, all of the facts but on the facts you have given me, this is hypothetical, i would not think in that situation the use of a drone or lethal force would be appropriate. >> you keep saying appropriate. my question isn't about propriety. my question whether something is constitutional or not. i find it remarkable that
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